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cubby

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judge again we would object I would submit its proper to try to convince the jury that the death penalty should be reserved for the worst of the worst."
And the Judge should have answered with: "And that's why were dragging it out right now. To this family this is the worst of the worst."
 

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Sejanus

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WTF did I just read?
And only now going to trial?
That swine should be 3 years rotten in the ground already!
 

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Sugar Cookie

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Jury selection began Monday for the trial of Granville Ritchie.

Ritchie is accused of murdering 9-year-old Felecia Williams in May of 2014.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Felecia Demerson, the girl’s mother, said. “My main concern is that we’d be her face and get justice for her.”

Demerson has been at nearly every court hearing and now the trial for Granville Ritchie. He’s been accused of sexually assaulting, beating and strangling Felecia then putting her body in a suitcase and dumping her in Hillsborough Bay near the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

The case has taken a long time to get to trial in part because in 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court found Florida's death penalty law to be unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court mandated that capital punishment must be a unanimous jury's decision, not the judge’s.

“We’ve had cases that have come back to us due to changes in the law over the past few years,” Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said.

Warren inherited the Ritchie case. When he took office, Warren took the death penalty off the table in several prosecutions but decided he would continue to seek the death penalty in Ritchie’s trial.

The state attorney cited aggravating factors including sexual battery and the fact the girl was less than 12 years old.

“The reality is that the death penalty cases take a long time to go through the system - as they should,” Warren said. “We went to expedite that process as much as we can to hold the defendants accountable and to achieve justice for victims and their families. But the cases take some time to work their way through the system.”

Demerson says if he is convicted, she thinks Ritchie should be executed.

“Because I feel he not only took her away from our family but also he took her away from our commu
 

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